I have to be honest and say I was tripped up by the word essential in this week's list. I want to preface this list with I trust God to provide for my needs. This 'essentials' list is my needs and wants, but not necessarily those needs God has promised to provide. I felt the dilemma. I struggled with not wanting to usurp God in any way.
Then I remembered or decided that my God is a really big God and he knows my heart and that he knows I'm not leaving him out I'm just expressing this human's essentials. Confused yet?
In other words - my heart is in the right place with God and this list.
There is a couple things I realized in writing this list:
1) I realized that I really do like affirmations - both giving and receiving. I like affirming my husband and receiving affirmations from him; I 'feel' the affirmations deep down.
2) I would have put hugs on my list of essentials but I realized I just don't receive many hugs even though I know in my heart I treasure everyone. Before Jeff and I even began dating it was his hugs that really drew me to him. They were only 'brotherly love' type hugs from one Christian to another but I loved them so much. They were good hugs. Hugs are so rare now. I know when I give and get hugs from dear friends they mean so much and touch so deep.
3) I could never live in a place where there are few clouds. Please Lord don't ever send me to Arizona!!!